One Month at a Time: January

I feel like I can hear all the new year’s resolutions being made (or already broken) as I type this, both in the blog world and in real life. But here I sit, on the second day of 2013, without having made a single resolution, goal, or intention for the year. While I usually love the opportunity for a fresh start — and am definitely in favor of setting SMART goals — I think I’m going to take it one month at a time this year.

After I stepped away from the blog earlier this month, I pretty much immediately stepped into a haze of holiday goodies, abandoning all of my Here and Now principles. I only made it to Crossfit a couple times. Of course, I paid the price. I spent the holidays feeling sluggish, bloated, and not myself. I’m glad I took the pressure off — I certainly didn’t miss out on any time with family or friends because I just had to get to Crossfit — but I’m not too happy with my holiday health performance. I didn’t practice what I preach, which is disappointing.

But my policy is not to dwell, just move forward the best I can. So I’m taking it one month at a time. January will be devoted to my third Whole30. The Whole9 crew is hosting a HUGE Whole30, so it seems like a great time to jump on board. Lots of other bloggers are joining in, but my main motivation is supporting my sister, who’s trying Whole30 for the first time. My dad is also taking part in his second one. A few Crossfitters from my box are also Whole30-ing this month. It’s always better to do the Whole30 with partners!

When I eat Whole30, I truly feel like my body thanks me. And honestly, sometimes it’s a relief to not have to think about if I should indulge in this or that. The decisions are made for me, and that’s what I need right now. To read about my last Whole30, check out these posts. I also sketched out a month of Whole30 eats (complete with recipes and grocery lists) that I might just post.

We’ll see what February brings, but for now, January will be all about Whole30 and getting back to Crossfit. I’m sure I lost a lot of strength, endurance, and flexibility, which is sad, but I’ll get it back!

The other good reason I need to focus on one month at a time is that otherwise, this year would be totally overwhelming. With planning two weddings, a possible cross-country move, and almost inevitable time away from my boo, I just need to focus on putting one foot in front of the other.

I did, however, have a wonderful new year — which I rang in with my two besties (and my man, not pictured).


I hope all of you rung in 2013 in a happy, happy way — and that you’ll follow me on my month-to-month journey. I’m going to try to be as honest as I can about the next few months as I try to get back to a place where I feel comfortable with my choices. You can still expect the normal recipes, workouts, and general fitness advice, but I’m hoping I can be more candid about what I’m doing, and what I’m struggling with.

Come along for the ride, won’t you?

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